Islamic scholars in 28 countries: Normalization is betrayal

Istanbul (QNN)- Islamic scholars from 28 countries said that “normalization deals and military and political alliances with the zionist entity, especially those made recently by Arab regimes, are a betrayal of God, the prophet, and believers.”

In a statement issued in the closing of the “Islamic organizations and scholars’ solidarity forum with Jerusalem and Palestine”, which has been held in Istanbul, the scholars called on regimes to stop “the shameful chasing of the zionist entity, which will not secure their thrones and positions, however, it will dishonor them in this life and the hereafter.”

“We call on the countries of the Muslim world to stop thinking of normalization with the zionist entity and focus on the young generations in order to prepare them for any possible battle with the zionist entity.

The statement also condemned the Israeli ongoing raids into Al Aqsa mosque and the attacks on graveyards. It also decried the Israeli President’s raid into the Ibrahimi mosque and called for urgent actions to prevent the temporal and spatial division of Al Aqsa mosque.

The forum also showed its support for the resistance, which has been defending Palestine and the Palestinian people.

(Source / 06.12.2021)

Intl. Union of Muslim Scholars calls for preventing Dhul Hijjah settlers’ raid into Al Aqsa

Dhul Hijjah

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The International Union of Muslim Scholars called on the Muslim Ummah and the whole world to prevent “extremist zionists” from storming Al Aqsa mosque on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah, one of Islam’s pilgrimage holidays.

Settlers’ groups had called for massive raids into the holy mosque on Sunday to celebrate the destruction of the temple, as zionists believe.

The union reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and called on worshipers to flock into the holy mosque to protect it.

Resistance factions had also called on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and 1948-occupied cities to protect Al Aqsa mosque.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri urges Muslims for marking Isra and Mi’raj at Masjid Al-Aqsa

Palestinian Muslims perform Friday prayer outside the Dome of the Rock Mosque, in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque’s compound on June 5, 2020. Palestine has slammed Israel for issuing deportation orders for Palestinians away from East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, head of the Higher Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem, has urged Muslim worshipers to intensify their presence at the Aqsa Mosque next Thursday to mark the Isra and Mi’raj anniversary.

In press remarks, Sheikh Sabri called for necessarily supporting the Aqsa Mosque in all events and occasions, but he stressed the need to observe public anti-coronavirus safety measures.

Sheikh Sabri underlined that the Isra and Mi’raj miracle is part of the Islamic faith as it is mentioned in the holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah, calling on Muslim worshipers to avail themselves of such occasion to pray and attend lessons at the Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 10.03.2021)

1200 worshipers perform Friday prayer with social distancing at Al Aqsa mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- 1200 worshipers joined Friday prayer with social distancing at Al Aqsa mosque today, while Israeli authorities continued to prevent Palestinians from outside the Old City from performing prayers at the holy mosque, using Jewish holidays and COVID-19 restrictions as a justification.

For the third Friday in a row, Israeli forces continued to close the road to the Old City and closed Bab Al Amoud, preventing worshipers from praying at Al Aqsa mosque.

Israeli forces set dozens of new checkpoints and carried out random searches, preventing dozens of them from reaching the Al Aqsa mosque.

The Israeli restrictions forced dozens of worshipers to perform prayers at the closest area to the holy mosque.

Israeli forces imposed random fines on worshipers in the neighborhood of Al Misrarah after they insisted to perform prayers near Bab Al Amoud.

Israeli authorities prevent Palestinians from performing prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque, while on the other side, allowing dozens of settlers to celebrate holidays in the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque and the streets of the occupied city.

(Source / 09.10.2020)

Normalisation deals ‘tool’ to undermine Islam: Scholar

The flags of US, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are projected on the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City on September 15, 2020 in a show of support for Israeli normalisation deals [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]
The flags of US, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are projected on the ramparts of Jerusalem’s Old City on September 15, 2020 in a show of support for Israeli normalisation deals

A Muslim scholar has linked recent normalization deals between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel to a campaign aimed at undermining Islam and monopolising the Islamic countries, Anadolu Agency reports.

Ali Al-Qaradaghi, the Secretary-General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said there are many tools being used to “uproot Islam and reoccupy Muslims intellectually, socially, economically and politically”.

“One of these tools is through creating a new religion under the beautiful name of ‘Abraham’s faith’,” Al-Qaradaghi said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “[This claim] does not have anything to do with the rightful monotheistic religions; rather it undermines its foundation,” he said.

The UAE and Bahrain signed US-sponsored agreements with Israel earlier this month to normalize their relations. These deals were officially given the name the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement.

READ: Arab, European ministers call on Palestine, Israel to resume peace talks

The Palestinians have denounced the normalization agreements as a “betrayal” of their struggle to end the decades-long Israeli occupation of their lands.

The Palestinian Authority said any deals with Israel should be based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative on the principle of “land for peace” and not “peace for peace” as Israel claims.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Union of Muslim scholars forbids normalising relations with Israel

Islamic clerics who form part of the International Union of Muslim Scholars held avirtual conference on 30 August 2020 entitled 'This is a statement from Muslim scholars'
Islamic clerics who form part of the International Union of Muslim Scholars held avirtual conference on 30 August 2020 entitled ‘This is a statement from Muslim scholars’

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Tuesday issued an unanimous religious ruling (fatwa) forbidding normalising relations with Israel.

In its ruling, the union said the Palestinian cause is not just a political issue but one related to Al-Aqsa Mosque; the third holiest site for Muslims and a representation of their identity.

The statement described the normalisation agreements concluded with Israel which “occupies most of Palestine, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque and plans to occupy the rest of the Palestinian territories” as “a concession of the holiest and most blessed lands, and an acknowledgment of the legitimacy of the occupying enemy as well as its crimes against the Palestinian people.”

“Therefore, the so-called peace, reconciliation, or normalisation agreements, in this case, are forbidden and void in Islamic Shari’a [jurisprudence], and a major crime, and a betrayal of the Islamic nation,” it added.

This comes after US President Donald Trump announced that a peace deal had been agreed between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.

Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, however, opponents believe normalisation efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu however denied this saying annexation is not off the table, but has simply been delayed.

READ: Why doesn’t ‘normalisation’ really mean peace?

(Source / 10.09.2020)

Influential Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf denies claims of supporting UAE-Israel normalization deal

“My allegiance is and has always been with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, whether Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. Anyone who says differently is a liar”, Yusuf wrote in a Facebook post

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Abu Dhabi (QNN)- Hamza Yusuf, a prominent Muslim scholar based in the United States, denied claims of supporting or endorsing the UAE-Israel normalization deal and reiterated his position with Palestine and the Palestinian people.

On his Facebook account, Yusuf, who was once dubbed “the most influential Muslim scholar in the western world,” said that the recent reports alleging his political views were “fabricated and erroneous.”

“I do not engage in or endorse geopolitical strategies or treaties”, he wrote. “My allegiance is and has always been with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, whether Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. Anyone who says differently is a liar.”

Hamza Yusuf 12 hours ago

According to Imam al-Shafi‘i, “Words cannot be attributed to one who has not spoken them (لا ينسب الى ساكت قول).”

This is an important juristic principle.

The recent reports alleging my political views were fabricated and erroneous. I do not engage in or endorse geopolitical strategies or treaties. My allegiance is and has always been with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, whether Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. Anyone who says differently is a liar; the Qur’an reminds us, “And the damnation of God is upon liars” (3:61). God is the judge and defender for the believer. I place my complete trust in Him alone.

There have been some articles that have made false attributions about me and fabricated scenarios that never took place. The Qur’an says, “If an ungodly person brings news, ascertain whether or not it is true, for you may end up harming someone out of ignorance and come to regret it” (49:6). I was never contacted by any news or media outlet for a statement or clarification on the recent controversy. Please do not spread lies on the Internet. Suspend judgment and seek clarification.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best servants of God are those who remind you of God when they are seen. The worst servants of God are those who carry gossip, separating between loved ones and seeking misery for the innocent.” (Musnad of Imam Ahmad)

Yusuf stressed that he was never contacted by any news or media outlet for a statement or clarification on the recent controversy.

A statement by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Middle East Societies (FPPMES), an organization led by his Saudi-based teacher, Abdullah bin Bayyah, was published on Thursday, endorsing the normalization deal.

The statement, which begins by heaping praise on Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and the country’s foreign minister, Abdullah bin Zayed, claimed that normalization “stopped Israel from extending its sovereignty over Palestinian lands,” and was a means to “promote peace and stability across the world”.

The statement included names of other scholars, who allegedly endorsed the normalization deal, including Aisha Al-Adawiya, the founder and President of Women in Islam, Inc., who strongly denied her endorsement of the statement as well.

Al-Adawiya stressed that during the latest meeting of the Forum, there were no discussions on Palestine or the UAE normalization deal with ‘Israel’. She also reiterated her position in solidarity with the Palestinian people and resigned in protest against the Forum’s statement.

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The statement of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Middle East Societies (FPPMES), showing Hamza Yusuf and Aisha Al-Adawiya as signatories

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Palestinians mark Eid al-Adha amid new closures and rising pandemic

Jerusalem (QNN) – Palestinians joined Muslims around the world in celebrating the Eid al-Adha holidays on Friday, the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated each year. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem for Eid prayers in the morning — with each worshiper required to wear a mask and bring their own prayer rug.

Eid al-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice, honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God. The holiday is celebrated with prayers, family gatherings, and most importantly, the sacrifice of an animal (typically goat, lamb, or cow) for those who can afford it.

This year, however, Eid celebrations were noticeably different. Shops and stores in the West Bank were shuttered, following orders by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to enforce a three-day lockdown over the weekend in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus over the holiday. Slaughterhouses and butchers, typically crowded in the week leading up to Eid, noticed a decline in customers as many Palestinians this year can’t afford to sacrifice a sheep, which can reach upwards of $500 depending on its size. With many people out of work due to COVID-19, local officials are expecting a 20% decrease in the purchase of sacrificial sheep and goats this year.

According to the World Health Organization, since July 1 the average daily number of new cases of COVID-19 in the Palestinian territory has been 402. Since mid-July, the overall number of cases has doubled, and within this period there have been at least 37 new deaths.

Travel between Palestinian governorates has been banned in an attempt to keep the outbreak in Hebron contained, which seems largely to have been effective although we are still seeing the numbers climb inside of Hebron.

Social gatherings like weddings and funerals are still prohibited, save for outdoor religious prayers for the Eid holiday. Prayers are capped at 15 minutes and which is already proving difficult to enforce.

(Source / 01.08.2020)

Over 27,000 Palestinians attend Eid prayers at Al-Aqsa

Over 27,000 Palestinian Muslim worshipers today attended Eid al-Adha prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, said WAFA correspondent.

The worshipers made their way in the early morning hours to the mosque compound to attend the prayers of Eaid al-Adha, the “Festival of the Sacrifice” in English, which is the second of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, as Israel, the occupying power, imposed a partial lockdown to battle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In his sermon, the Grant Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein stressed that the mosque compound solely belongs to Muslims, and should not be shared with any “aggressor” or “tyrant”.

Read More: Gaza witnesses a low demand for lambs to be slaughtered this Eid

He added that the Palestinian people had no alternative but to unite in order to defend their holy sites and territories against foreign occupation.

As part of the precautionary measures to battle the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, worshipers had to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing and bring their own prayer rugs.

Read More: Around 1,000 fanatic Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex

This came as settler “Temple Mount” groups urged their followers to force their way into the holy site to commemorate Tisha B’Av Day.  

Yesterday, Israeli police detained six Palestinians from inside the mosque compound and assaulted others as groups of settlers barged into it under military control.

In last May, the mosque compound was shuttered on Eid al-Fitr as part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.

For many Palestinians in Jerusalem and across the occupied Palestinian territory, Ramadan is directly connected to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque.

The third holiest site in Islam, it is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

However, right-wing Jewish groups calling for the destruction of the mosque and the construction of a Jewish temple on the site have repeatedly entered the area under heavy police escort.

The visits, combined with proposals for a Knesset vote to divide the site between Jews and Muslims, have outraged the Palestinian public, which sees the encroachment on Al-Aqsa as symptomatic of the wider denial of their rights in historic Palestine as well as intense discrimination in housing, employment, and social services by Israeli authorities.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

(Source / 01.08.2020)

Islamic scholars, NGOs call for Makkah, Madinah to be placed under international control

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali - RC185FAF31A0
Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia on 8 August 2019

A non-governmental organisation named the International Commission to Monitor Saudi Administration of the Two Holy Mosques – otherwise known as Al Haramain Watch – has launched an campaign and petition to establish an international administration to manage the affairs of the two holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah.

The campaign, which has already resulted in the support of around 100 Muslim scholars and human rights activists, aims to target Muslim-majority and Arab countries, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and the United States, in order to raise awareness of the policies recently enacted by Saudi Arabia with regards to the cities’ administration and pilgrimage.

According to Al Haramain Watch, the kingdom is violating both international law and the morals of its founders by failing to protect the unequivocal rights of Muslims’ access to the holy sites. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has enforced a number of limitations on certain groups and nations in making the Hajj pilgrimage and from visiting the country, with examples being the ongoing ban of Qatari nationals from making the pilgrimage and the ban of Iranian nationals until it was lifted in 2017.

READ: Why this Eid for Muslims around the world will be like no other 

The petition by the organisation states: “Due to the permanent failure of Saudi Arabia to manage the two holy mosques and the feelings and permanent politicisation and the absence of strategic development, we call on Islamic countries and governments to take the initiative and the media to form an interim framework that sets the first building blocks for a long-term plan for the process of managing the two holy sites.”

It urged the international Muslim community to establish “an Islamic administration that takes upon itself the administration of the Two Holy Places and the Holy Bekaa, whose membership consists of all Muslim countries.” The way in which this would work, it claims, would be for the states to “choose a high committee to be elected for a period of 4 years and subject to periodic review by a working association supervised by all member states.”

Al Haramain Watch was established in 2018 for the purpose of ensuring that Saudi Arabia maintains good management of the Islamic holy sites by preserving Islamic historic and preventing the politicisation of the religious pilgrimages.

A key figure in this petition is the Malaysian scholar Azmi Abdul Hamid, who claimed that he had obtained an important historical document written personally by the kingdom’s founder King Abdulaziz Bin Saud, which reportedly states that all Muslims – both the people of the Hijaz region and the Muslim world – have the right to administer the affairs of the holy mosques.

READ: Hajj, the coronavirus and technical innovation

Among the other demands made by the petition was the call for the establishment of a sovereign fund managed by Muslim countries, which would consist primarily of the income made from the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.

The petition released by Al Haramain Watch comes amid similar calls by other figures in recent years, including  a Turkish politician in 2014 and a Turkish think-tank’s call for an “Islamic Vatican”.

(Source / 28.05.2020)